Local Ford Dealership to launch first ever green initiative to offset carbon footprints
SIMI VALLEY, Calif., January 31, 2013 - Simi Valley Ford will be launching its first-ever green initiative called the Drive to Save the Environment Campaign.The dealership has partnered with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to help offset the carbon footprint for the next 2 years of every new Ford vehicle that is sold during this campaign.The two and a half month long event will kick off on February 1st and go through Earth Day, April 22nd.
For every vehicle sold during this campaign-- from compact cars like the Ford Fiesta to the larger, F-150 trucks, Simi Valley Ford will purchase 2 years of carbon offsets by making a donation to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction projects. Whether it’s planting trees, pulling plastic out of the ocean, recycling or investing in renewable energies, the dealership has made a commitment to help reduce the carbon footprint in CA for all of the vehicles sold over the next 80 days.
“We at Simi Valley Ford are concerned about the future of our planet, so by partnering with a green organization like Carbonfund.org, we are hoping to help raise awareness to this growing issue. We are also excited to allow our customers the opportunity to drive ‘emissions free,’ simply just by buying a car,” says Mike Shell, Fleet Manager, Simi Valley Ford.
After Hurricane Sandy, a recent survey shows that 70 percent of Americans believe that climate change is caused by our daily carbon footprint emissions. Most people are unsure of how they can do their part to help reduce emissions, so Simi Valley Ford wants to help raise awareness on climate change, while promoting Ford’s green initiatives at the same time. The dealership is working with several green organizations to help promote this campaign and raise awareness in the community.
“Simi Valley Ford is taking a real leadership position by neutralizing the first two years of carbon emissions from every new Ford vehicle sold during their Drive to Save the Environment Campaign. It’s this type of forward thinking and pro-activity in the fight against climate change that we encourage among our business partners and supporters,” explains Eric M. Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We’re very honored to participate as a partner with Simi Valley Ford for this inaugural campaign.”
Simi Valley Ford has set a goal to sell 300 new vehicles between February 1st and April 22nd.They invite any and all local and national companies to join them in helping to reach their goal. This is the first time the dealership has launched this campaign and hopes that it will grow exponentially year to year, not just in CA, but also to Ford dealerships nationwide.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
San Francisco, CA. April 4, 2006 - The Social Venture Network (SVN), a network of business leaders committed to building a just and sustainable world, plans to make its annual member gathering carbon neutral with Carbonfund.org, as a practical step to combat global warming. “We’re very pleased to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emission impact of our conference and help take action against climate change,” said Deborah Nelson, co-executive director of SVN.” This year’s annual meeting, being held in Kennebunkport, Maine April 20 through 23, will focus on the power of connection and innovation. Among the noted speakers will be Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and former CEO and Chairman of AOL, and Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine.
With some 250 people attending and traveling to Kennebunkport, the event will produce carbon emissions caused by air travel, ground transportation, and the use of facilities in the hotel. Carbonfund.org and SVN will offset the carbon dioxide emissions by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency projects, and reforestation projects that reduce an equal amount of emissions. SVN is committed to accounting for its carbon expenditures.
“Social Venture Network is taking an excellent and practical step by offsetting their emissions from this conference with Carbonfund.org,” says Lesley Marcus Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We are extremely pleased that such a fantastic group of business leaders are taking this step, and we hope that the rest of the business community is not far behind.”
Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates and ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. For instance, a clean, zero CO2 wind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home. Social Venture Network, via Carbonfund.org, is supporting wind and energy efficiency projects that subsidize the cost of clean, renewable energy that also helps further the technology.
The average American is directly responsible for about 10 tons of carbon dioxide annually through their home, car and air travel, and their average total annual impact rises to an average of 24 tons when factoring in the purchase of goods and services. Conferences, with the heavy reliance on air travel and other transportation, are an easy first step for any organization that wants to offset their carbon emissions. Because conferences also bring decision makers together, for Carbonfund.org, it is an excellent opportunity to educate and demonstrate that being responsible is both simple and environmentally effective.
About Social Venture Network
Founded in 1987 by some of the nation’s most visionary leaders in socially responsible business, SVN (http://www.svn.org) is a non-profit network of leaders committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. SVN promotes new models of leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business through its network of nearly 400 business owners, investors and nonprofit executives.
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.